Azerbaijani ombudsman addresses int'l organizations on anniversary of Khojali Genocide
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 23/ Trend , K. Zarbaliyeva/
Azerbaijani Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova sent a message to international organizations on the 17th anniversary of the Khojali Genocide. She stressed that Armenian terrorists must be held accountable.
"Armenia must give up its aggressive policy and territorial claims [against Azerbaijan] and comply with international documents on the conflict. Azerbaijan's territorial integrity must be restored. The rights of Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs must be protected. Authorized international organizations must impose sanctions on Armenia," Suleymanova said.
She sent her message to the UN, Council of Europe, Azerbaijani embassies abroad and diaspora organizations and foreign diplomatic missions in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office has launched an investigation into the Khojali Genocide.
On the night of Feb. 25, 1992, Armenian separatists seized the Khojali settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian tanks played an active role in capturing the area.
Within hours, over 600 unarmed Azerbaijani citizens were killed. Among them were 106 women and 83 children. The massacre continued for days, while the Armenian separatists killed their hostages and cut the heads off of Azerbaijani military personnel. A total of 487 people were left disabled and 1,275 people were taken prisoner. The fate of 150 people went missing.
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